After hours of watching your teen behind the wheel, they're finally a licensed driver.
You taught them to drive,and now they're eager to take off on their own. Even
though your teen is driving alone, you can still influence their driving habits and
encourage them to simply drive.
Know the rules of the road
Many states have laws banning texting and talking on your phone while driving.
Make sure your teen is familiar with your state's laws and the consequences of distracted driving.
Passengers are also a big distraction. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) regulations often limit the number of people a newly-licensed teen can drive around. Educate yourself and your driver about
Set up some guidelines
Set clear expectations for your teen driver. Reinforce that distracted driving is dangerous and won't be tolerated. Hold your driver accountable. A license gives your teen new freedom, but also more responsibility.
One of the biggest distractions is cell
Lead by example
Set a strong example for your driver. If you don't
text and drive or constantly change the radio
station, they're less likely to as well.
This video highlights the stories of three teens whose lives ended too
soon and examines common factors such as inexperience, immaturity,
and speeding that lead to many crashes involving young, novice drivers.
Teens interviewed speak frankly about their driving habits.
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